I just don't understand why the rebel fleet didn't retreat at the first sign of the sheild generator being up
They were pinned in by all of the Star Destroyers blocking their exit.
Surely retreating and picking a better time to attack would have been better than losing 2 capital ships in what could have ultimately been a failed attack.
The Death Star was already operational, though, which changed a whole lot. At that point, Lando was right. Their only chance was to see if Han could pull off a miracle and turn off the generator because if they waited until later a) the Death Star would be fully constructed and no longer exposed to an interior attack and b) they might escape with a quarter of the fleet that they arrived with so any future attack would be a joke.
And why was Lando even leading the snub fighter attack? He just joined the alliance and is suddenly a squadron leader?
Good thing they did make that decision. Lando's decision to engage the Star Destroyers at point blank range was brilliant!
This post was edited on 4/12 at 1:05 pm